- to make or cause to seem smaller, less, less important, etc.; lessen; reduce.
- Architecture. to give (a column) a form tapering inward from bottom to top.
- Music. to make (an interval) smaller by a chromatic half step than the corresponding perfect or minor interval.
- to detract from the authority, honor, stature, or reputation of; disparage.
- to lessen; decrease.
Origin of diminish
Related Words for diminisheddecline, lower, slacken, ebb, wane, dwindle, lessen, reduce, recede, temper, decrease, abate, subside, curtail, shrink, weaken, minimize, cut, abbreviate, taper
Examples from the Web for diminished
Contemporary Examples of diminished
He sometimes surmised that it was because he was too outspokenly identified with the diminished liberal wing of the party.Ed Brooke: The Senate's Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America
January 4, 2015
But it is based on the chord structure of what I played before it, except that it was based on a diminished scale.Herbie Hancock Holds Forth
November 8, 2014
With the right person in the right job, the need for on-the-job support is diminished.Hiring People With Disabilities Isn’t Just the Right Thing to Do—It’s Good for Business
October 27, 2014
But there is no credible data yet showing that the reach of ISIS messaging has diminished.ISIS Is Winning the Online Jihad Against the West
Ali Fisher, Nico Prucha
October 1, 2014
Well, the implications would be many and weighty, both for the diminished USA and for the new entity.An Independent Scotland Will Hurt Labour
September 17, 2014
Historical Examples of diminished
She felt weak and diminished, small, like a very little child.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
Her establishment was not only diminished, but her servants reduced to half-pay.Handel
Edward J. Dent
Her satisfaction would have diminished could she have read his mind.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
All this time, my taste for ships rather increased than diminished.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Everybody ought to go to meeting; but the dividends must not be diminished.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
- reduced or lessened; made smaller
- music denoting any minor or perfect interval reduced by a semitone
- music denoting a triad consisting of the root plus a minor third and a diminished fifth
- music (postpositive) (esp in jazz or pop music) denoting a diminished seventh chord having as its root the note specifiedB diminished
- to make or become smaller, fewer, or less
- (tr) architect to cause (a column, etc) to taper
- (tr) music to decrease (a minor or perfect interval) by a semitone
- to belittle or be belittled; reduce in authority, status, etc; depreciate
Word Origin for diminish
early 15c., from merger of two obsolete verbs, diminue and minish. Diminue is from Old French diminuer "make small," from Latin diminuere "break into small pieces," variant of deminuere "lessen, diminish," from de- "completely" + minuere "make small" (see minus).
Minish is from Old French menuisier, from Latin minuere. Related: Diminished; diminishes; diminishing.